Organic Gardening Guide Series 2021: Where to get Your Organic Non-GMO SEEDS

February 7, 2021

Whether you order your seeds online, buy directly from your favorite seed company, or just decide to buy them at your local store, the most important factor is finding the best seeds that your budget allows. Another factor that I encountered, due to the pandemic, was how long the seeds would take to get to me. Although it may not seem like planting season due to our current snow storms across the United States, Spring is quickly approaching and all serious gardeners are already making preparations. Seeds must be sown, gardening beds prepared, and new landscape plans finalized. It is as if we are all getting ready for a major event: the inauguration of our own garden!

What is a Non-GMO seed?

Scientists modify a seed’s DNA to ensure the resulting plant produces desired characteristics. … Seed Savers Exchange does not produce or sell GMO seeds. Non-GMO seeds are cultivated through pollination. They can be bred two different ways: as hybrid seeds or as open-pollinated seeds. Seed Savers Exchange


How do you know if seeds are Non-GMO?


A: The best resource I know of for avoiding genetically modified (a.k.a. genetically engineered) seeds is the list of seed companies that have signed the “Safe Seed Pledge.” The pledge dates to 1999 and is a project of the Massachusetts-based Council for Responsible Genetics. www.pennlive.com

Are all heirloom seeds Non-GMO?

Basically there are two main ways to describe your seeds, the genetics of your seeds and how your seeds were grown. Heirlooms are seed varieties that are at least 50 years old, and you can save these seeds and plant them year after year. Heirlooms are never hybrids or GMOs. … GMOs are Genetically Modified seeds.www.anniesheirloomseeds.com

Are all heirloom seeds organic?


Some heirloom seeds or plants are organic, but not all heirloom seeds or plants are organic. Whether or not a plant is organic depends on its growing conditions, while heirloom seeds will remain heirloom varieties regardless of whether they are grown under organic or inorganic conditions. www.gardeningchannel.com

Are heirloom seeds better?

Eating produce grown from heirloom seeds may be better for you. Heirloom produce most often is grown organically and benefits from maturing in soil uncontaminated by pesticides. It often contains more minerals from healthy soil and more overall nutritional value than hybrid and GMO produce.ccapinc.org

Where can you buy the best seeds?


7 Best Places to Buy Vegetable Seeds Online:

  • Hudson Valley Seed Co. At Hudson Valley Seed Co, every seed is open pollinated and never GMO, with many heirloom and organic options.
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seedville USA
  • Burpee
  • Terrain
  • Plant Good Seed Company
  • Native Seeds/S.E.A.R.C.H.

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The 10 Best Seed Companies for Heirloom and Non-GMO Seeds:

  • Seed Savers Exchange (Decorah, IA) …
  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds(Mansfield, MO) …
  • Clear Creek Seeds (Hulbert, OK) …
  • Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (Mineral, VA) …
  • Fedco Seeds (Waterville, ME) …
  • Renee’s Garden Seeds (Felton, CA) …
  • Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply (Grass Valley, CA) …
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds (Winslow, ME)

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Where can you buy cheap seeds?

  • Cheap Seeds. Cheap Seeds offers free shipping on all orders, as well as a 30-day, no questions asked money back guarantee.
  • My Seed Cellar
  • Planet Natural
  • Mystic Seeds
  • High Mowing Seeds
  • American Meadows
  • Mary’s Heirloom Seeds
  • Seed Corner

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Which brands of seeds are best?
10 Terrific Seed Companies for 2020:

  • (1) Park Seed. Founded in 1863, Park Seed has a long history of supplying vegetable and flower seeds to customers all over the US.
  • (2) Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  • (3) Hudson Valley Seeds
  • (4) Pinetree Garden Seeds
  • (5) Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • (6) Renee’s Garden
  • (7) Swallowtail Garden Seeds
  • (8) Burpee Seeds.

www.enchantedgardensdesign.com How long do seeds last?
Most Vegetable Seeds Can Stay Viable for Years Most vegetable seeds remain good for about two to three years, but some, such as onions, deteriorate within a year and others such as lettuce, can successfully sprout after five years.www.thespruce.com

What is your favorite seed company? Please share in the comments. Thank you for sharing!

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